The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced that it is “seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC).”
According to the USPTO’s press release:
The committees were created in 1999 through Patent and Trademark Office Efficiency Act to advise the Secretary of Commerce and the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO on the management of patent and trademark operations including goals, performance, budget, and user fees. Each committee has nine voting members who are appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the Secretary of Commerce. Each member serves a three-year term.
The deadline for nominations is June 11, 2012; for more information on how to make nominations, see the Federal Registration Notice.
The USPTO has put together the Answers to Some Frequently Asked Questions about Public Advisory Committee Membership for those seeking more information about what it means to be a part of these committees;
All inquiries regarding PPAC and/or TPAC should be directed to John W. Cabeca, Senior Advisor, Office of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, by telephone at 571-272-8600, by fax at 571-273-0464, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.